How to Draw a Dangle

Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. Not sure how to get started? The Art of Drawing Dangles has great advice on how to draw the perfect dangle.

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Drawing a Dangle

Begin by deciding on the type of line you would like to use for your dangle. The line style can help determine the mood of a piece since each type of line can evoke different emotions and style, which will impact the way a viewer sees and feels about your creation. Wavy lines tend to carry a sense of inner peacefulness, while straight lines convey a sense of rigidity. Swirly lines carry a lot of motion and whimsy. For example, if I were going to draw a sunset, I might use straight lines to convey the individual rays of sunlight beaming out from the sun. If I were to draw an ocean, I might use the wavy lines to illustrate the calm feeling that water often evokes. If I were to draw a breezy spring flower garden, I might use all three line types: straight lines for the flower stems, wavy lines for the soft petals, and swirly lines to give viewers a sense of that incredible spring breeze.
Select line styles that enhance and complement your overall creation. Feel free to unleash your creativity here and deviate from standard lines in your pieces. Here are some basic lines to get you started, but you can always experiment with other line constructions and see how they make you feel.

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Once you have drawn the starting line to your dangle, decide whether your composition will benefit from a shape charm. Shape charms can be placed anywhere on your starting line, or they can be placed along the whole line if desired.

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Think about what you want to convey with your art. For example, if you want to enhance the organic qualities of your drawing to add a sense of nature to your piece, try adding flowers and raindrops. If you just want to add bling, add diamonds and hearts. Consider the connotations of each shape, but also remember that the unique charms you add to your dangle are what make it personal. Sometimes, the charm additions end up being the true conversation piece of the final image.

Another thing to consider is how to add multiple shapes to lines to create patterns and impressions. For example, if you want your line to resemble a wrought-iron fence post, you can add a triangle with a circle to both ends of a straight line. Vines are simply straight lines with little ovals attached to the line like leaves. This vine can then easily flow from your drawing by extending the line with a short loop to connect it. The most important part of creating a dangle is finding a way to connect it to your overall drawing. The best part of creating a dangle is adding fun messages using different shapes and charms. If you are illustrating a card for a loved one, perhaps you can spell out the word “LOVE” and add ornate hearts, roses, or other love-related charms. Love doesn’t have to be represented in one way, either: Below, new love (as shown by the hearts), permanent love (as depicted by the wedding motifs), and the end of love (as illustrated by the broken hearts) are shown.

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Dangles are an easy, fun way to get your creativity flowing and to accentuate your art and letters. Take the art and suggestions in this book as inspiration and see what you come up with that is unique to you. Most of all, enjoy the process!

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The Art of Drawing DanglesIf you like coloring, tangling, or lettering, you’ll love to dangle!

Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with charms that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more.